Page 220 Dated: January 13, 1837
Be it remembered that on the sixth day of January in the year 1837,
we, Thomas Eidson, William Rogers and Jack Sensabaugh, citizens
of Hawkins County, State of Tennessee, being near neighbors of the late
Jacob B. Groves, and in being in the house of the said Jacob B.
on the night after said 6th ofJanuary and a short time before the said
Jacob B. died, and whilst the undersigned Thomas Eidson was
behind the said Jacob B. on the bed supporting the said Jacob
B., and the undersigned William Rogers and Jacob Sensabaugh
were standing by the bedside on the same Jacob B, ...he said, "Tommy,
Tommy, I was to make a right to Howe's children for the land
of Jacob Howe but have never made the right. I aimed to make a deed
yesterday when I went to town, but I did not go" He continued, "John
and Winstead's wife have no share in it for I have paid them for
their shares - and I want the land divided among the balance of the children..."
And then he observed, "Men take notice..." Just at that time
Mrs. Fanny Groves, the mother of said Jacob B. approached
the Bed, and the said Jacob B. continued, "Mother, don't grieve
after me, for you have a plenty here to last you your days, and what is
mine is all yours." The old lady seemed much affected. Shortly after,
his sister Mrs. Charles came, and she observed, "You are very
sick, Brother", to which he replied, "I am, my days are nearly
numbered". And in about one hour after, expired, without saying any
thing more as to his property. The undersigned Jacob Sensabaugh
states that he did not pay particular attention to what Mr. Jacob B.
Groves said in relation to Howe's land, but distinctly recollects
hearing his state that he did not want the balance of Howe's children
wronged out of their land. He also distinctly recollects and paid particular
attention to what Mr. Groves said to his mother, that "What
was his was all hers". The undersigned further state that the said
Jacob B. was of sound disposing mind and memory at the said time. In
witness thereof we have hereunto set our hands this 13th day of January,
Jacob Sensabaugh Thomas x Eidson (his mark) William x Rogers (his mark)
Witnesses: D. Alexander, W. T. Senter
Page 221 Dated: March 1, 1837
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Lazarus Gully of the County of Hawkins
and State of Tenn., being of sound and disposing mind and memory, blessed
be God, do this first day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand
Eight hundred and thirty seven, do publish this to be my last Will and
Testament in manner and form following, that is to say: First of all. After
paying my just debts, I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Nancy
Gully all my land and all my other personal property, except one rifle
gun. The colt which the mare is with foal now when foaled is to be the
property of my son Nathan. The rest of the property is to...remain
with my wife Nancy during her life or widowhood, for the support
of my younger children, namely, Praint, Thomas, Nelson, Isaac, and
my daughter Sally Gully. And if my said wife should marry, said
property to be sold and applied to the support of my four children as before
mentioned, and (I) do appoint my loving wife Nancy Gully sole Executrix
of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and affixed my seal the year and date first written in presence
of: Nicholas Long George Gully
Lazarus x Gully (seal) (his mark)
Page 222 Dated: July 21, 1839
I William Grigsby, a free man of color, being weak of bodily
strength but of sound disposing mind and memory, do make this my last Will
and Testament. First. it is my desire that at my death, I shall be decently
buried. It is also my wish and desire that Wade H. Smith be my sole
Executor,to attend to my business, and that after my death, he--the said
Wade H. Smith--shall attend to the selling of all my property that
I have any claim to--to be sold at public sale on a credit of 12 months,
and it is my wish and desire that, first of all, all my just debts be paid,
and secondly, my wife Susan be decently supported out of the balance
of the proceeds of my property as long as she shall live, and if there
shall be anything left at her death, (it) to be equally divided between
my three children, Sarah, Frank and Gipson.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 21st day of July. 1839.
William x Grigsby (seal) (his mark)
Witness: John Reynolds and Edmond Fitzpatrick
Page 223 Dated: March 30, 1841
In the name of God, Amen. I, Thomas Gillenwaters, Sr. of the
County of Hawkins and State of Tenn., being afflicted in body but of sound
mind & memory, calling to mind the certainty of death, do make and
ordain this my last will and Testament. In the first place, I recommend
my soul to that God who gave it, trusting that He will receive it into
glory. Next, I recommend my body to the grave in a plain, Christian manner.
As touching my temporal matters, I desire that all my just debts be paid
in the first place. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary
my young bay mare, two cows and calves, six head of sheep, one sow, six
pigs & Rusia boar, two beds, bed steads and bed furniture, one Bureau,
one cupboard, one folding cherry table, one chest, four chairs, one set
of plates, set of cups and saucers, set of knives and forks, such of the
casting as she wants for her own use, at her own disposal. I further give
unto my beloved wife all the proceeds of the remaining perishable property
which I may die in possessions of, which property not otherwise disposed
of in this instrument shall be sold on a 12-month credit and kept to her
use during life, and at her death if there be a remainder, it to be divided
among the children. My land whereon I now live I give to my daughter Rachael
Kyle and Robert Kyle, her husband, containing 210 acres down
to the road called Cove Road, on the condition Robert Kyle will
pay $550.00 within five years next after being possessed of s'd farm, to
be paid in the following manner: To Betsey Kleper on order $100.00.
To Patsy McCann $100.00; to Nancy Klepper $100.00. To Polly
Gillenwaters $200.00, and the remaining $50.00 to be paid to my four
sons, William, Robert, Joel and Thomas Gillenwaters, each
an equal part. I also give to Rachael one bed, bedstead and furniture,
one pot, one kettle, three ewes and lambs. I give and bequeath unto my
youngest daughter Sally Simmons a tract of land containing 30 acres,
adjoining the tract I live on, on Molsbee's Branch: Beginning on a white
oak, William Gillenwater's corner near the mouth of Molsbee's Branch,
then with Cove Road to my old line and Molsbee's line, then crossing the
branch various courses to the beginning. I also give Betsy one bed,
bedstead and furniture, one large kettle. And I give to my daughter Polly
a kettle. I give Calvin M. Gillenwaters, my grandson, three ewes
and lambs and one bed, bedstead and furniture and the crop being now commenced
for this year by Robert Kyle and Calvin Gillenwaters. Robert
is to have 2/3 of all that may be raised and Calvin 1/3, by their
continuing to work together until the crop is finished and to have what
bacon and corn it will require to do them this year which we have on hand.
My great coat I give to Calvin; all my other clothing to be give
to my loving wife. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix
my seal. This 30th day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and forty-one. _________________(seal)
A codicil. I further desire that James G. Simmons be appointed My Executor and Administrator and that he make no sale of any goods or chattels until in August next. Also that said Simmons not be required to give security in this matter. Also I give to my youngest son, Thomas, my Family Bible. I desire that this shall be considered a part of my last and to be good and valid in fee simple. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year above written.
Thomas Gillenwaters (Seal)
Attest: William Gillenwaters David Patterson Geo. Gillenwaters
Page: 224 Dated: December 7, 1842
Proven: 2nd January, 1843
I, Shepard Gibson do make & publish this as my last Will
& Testament, hereby revoking & making void all other wills by me
at any other time made. First, I direct that all my funeral expenses and
all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible, out of any money
that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor.
Secondly, I gave and bequeath to my beloved wife Matilda all the
land whereon we now live and all the lands wlsewhere which is in my name,
and all my livestock of personally property, horses, cattle, hogs, sheep
and all the household and kitchen furniture. Thirdly. I gave & bequeath
to each of my brothers & sisters the sum of one dollar each, paid as
soon as it shall come into the hand of my Exec. Forthly and lastly. I do
hereby nominate & appoint Vardy Collins my Executor. In witness
whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This 7th day of December,
Shepard x Gibson (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed & published in our presence & we have subscribed our names hereunto in the presence of the Testator. This the 7th day of December, 1842. Witness: Timothy x Williams, (his mark)Vardy x Collins,(his mark) B.G. Sullivan
Dated: January 25, 1819
Proven: Aug. Term 1819
In the Name of God, Amen. State of Tennessee, Hawkins County: I Martha McWilliams being in a low state of health but of sound mind and perfect memory, and calling to mind that it is appointed once for all men to die, do make constitute and ordain the following to be my last Will and Testament. And first and principally. I bequeath and recommend my soul into the hands of my gracious God who gave it me and my body to a decent Christian burial in a full and certain hope of the Resurrection of the same. Item 2nd. For sundry good causes moving me thereunto, it is declared to be my last will, and I appoint my will beloved brother John McAnally my sole heir in law and equity to all and singular my live stock, household and kitchen furniture with all goods and chattels I may die possessed of. After my brother John shall have paid the expenses of my funeral out of the same the remainder shall be to and for his own use except one bed and furniture and one trunk which for special reasons I leave to my beloved niece Elizabeth McAnally (daughter of above said brother). Item 3rd. Whereas by the will of my late husband Jesse McWilliams, I have a sum of money willed to me which may be seen by a reference to said will, now I hereby declare it my last will that as soon as the aforesaid money is collected that my brother John shall pay or cause to be paid out of the same all my just debts, likewise shall pay or give to my beloved sister Sally Burns the sum of twenty dollars, and the remainder of said money left me by my late husband's will-with all other monies or property that I may leave at my decease not otherwise herein disposed of, I leave and bequeath to my aforesaid brother John to his own use and behoof and for no other purpose whatsoever. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal This Twenty fifth day of January in the Year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Martha McWilliams (seal)
Witnesses present: Test. Richard Moore, Thomas x Stubblefield(his mark), Jeremiah McAnally
Dated: August 4, 1820
In the Name of God, Amen. This the last Will and Testament of William Martin of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee is as followeth, Viz: He, the said William Martin finding himself weak of body but in perfect mind and memory, Blessed be God therefore, and calling to mind the frailty of this life and the certainty of death, I do ordain and make this my last Will and Testament in form and manner as followeth: Imprimis. I do recommend my soul unto the hand of God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be interred therein with decent and Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors hereafter to be made. And as for what worldly goods it hath pleased God to bless me with, all I do will and bequeath in manner and form as followeth, Viz: Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lewey Martin all the rest of the whole of my worldly Estate during her natural life. After her death, then my will is that my land shall be divided between my son in law Ephraim Winstead and my son in law Alexander Trent. Item. After the decease of my beloved wife, I do give and bequeath to my son in law Ephraim Winstead the upper part of my land and the plantation where I do now live dividing my land and running from the line toward Clinch Mountain along the line between the two springs to the line towards Copper Ridge to him and his forever. Item. After the decease of my beloved wife whatever remains of my worldly Estate I do give and bequeath to my son in law Ephraim Winstead to his and his heirs forever. Item. After the decease of my beloved wife, I do give and bequeath to my son in law Alexander Trent the lower part of my land and plantation from the said dividing line where Ephraim Winstead now lives to him and his heirs forever. Item. At my decease I do give and bequeath to my son in law Alexander Trent one horse creature to him and his heirs forever. I do ordain and make this to be my last Will and Testament. Also it is my desire that my son in law Ephraim Winstead and my beloved wife shall act for me after my decease in all my worldly concerns.
Witness my hand and seal August 4, 1820.
William x Martin (seal) (his mark)
Test: Francis Winstead, Thomas x Martin(his mark) , James Martin
Dated: November 14, 1821
In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Three persons but one God. I, George Maxwell of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, calling to mind the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time when do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the words following, to wit: After commending my soul to God and my body to the dust to be buried in a decent and Christian manner hoping they will again be united at the Resurrection and enjoy a glorious Immortality. I dispose of my worldly goods as follows: I allow my stock of all kinds to be sold-farming utensils and household furniture also. And all my debts paid out of the money arising from the sale - In the first place. The residue to be applied as hereafter directed. Next, I allow my two tracts of land lying on Rice's or Howard's Creek to be sold containing two hundred acres each. I borrowed from my son Jesse in his lifetime $600.00. At his death he allowed it to be equally divided between his two sisters Matilda and Anne. I allow $600.00 of the price of that land to be paid to my two daughters Matilda & Anne agreeable to his direction. The residue of the price of that land, be it much or little, I allow to be equally divided between William Soloman, Matilda & Anne. My negro family I divide as follows: I give and bequeath to my son William and his children Ned and Nancy and her increase that she (Matilda) has had possession of for some time. Also Anthony and Sampson I give, bequeath to my daughter Anne and her children. Winney that she had possession of some time & her increase. Also, Bob and Punch, Rose and her two youngest children. Rene and Casey either to be sold and their value to be equally divided among my four children-one of the Legatees may take them and pay three fourths of their value to the other three Legatees. The place I live on I allow to be sold and the price to be equally divided between my four children William, Soloman, Matilda & Ann, except two hundred dollars of the first of it to be paid to William as the negroes left him was not so valuable as the others. After my debts is paid out of the net proceeds of stock and household furniture, I allow $50.00 to each of my grand children that was named for me. I leave $20.00 to the East Tennessee Bible Society. I leave my Bible and books to Anne. Should there still be residue remaining from my stock, I leave $100.00 to Matilda, more that the rest as she has kept me in clothing some time and probably will have more trouble yet. And should there be no residue left from the stock, I allow that $100.00 be paid out of the price of the land. I leave a land warrant in the hands of John Snap, if recovered to be equally divided. I paid my money forty years ago for it and he never paid a cent for it-I never sold it to him. I nominate & appoint my son Soloman and my son in law Williams Lyons to execute this my last Will & Testament. Witness my hand This 14th of Nov. 1821.
Witness_present: Abraham Rafter, John Loughmiller
Dated: Aug. 14, 1824
In the Name of God, Amen. I Jacob Manas of Hawkins County in the State of Tennessee, being very weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, do make this my last Will and Testament in the manner following (to wit): First. I give and devise unto my dear wife Margaret Manas one cow with all my household and kitchen furniture to her and her heirs forever, and likewise, a reasonable support out of my lands and tenaments, goods and chattels to be named hereafter. Item 2nd. I give unto my deceased daughter Elizabeth Manas' heirs one dollar to them and their heirs forever. Item 3rd. I give unto my son Daniel Manas, one dollar to him and his heirs forever. Item 4th. I give unto my son Ephraim Manas one dollar to him and his heirs forever. Item 5th. I give unto my son Elijah Manas one dollar to him and his heirs forever. Item 6th. I give unto my daughter Sarah Paine one dollar to her and her heirs forever. Item 7th. I give unto my daughter Nancy one dollar, to her and her heirs forever. Item Eighth. I give unto my daughter Anna Jones one dollar, to her and her heirs forever. Item Ninth. I give unto my son Elisha Manas the 34 acre tract of land whereon I now live and likewise an 8 acre tract entry and two 1/2 acre entries including all my right, title and claims to all my land or lands whatsoever, and likewise give unto my son Elisha my horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, farming utensils, goods, chattels and effects that has not yet been mentioned, to him and his heirs forever, provided nevertheless that my son Elisha is to give my beloved wife a reasonable support during her life, and that he does likewise give to my grand daughter Eliza Jones a colt from the increase of a young sorrel mare that I have given him provided she should breed. I likewise constitute and ordain my son Elisha my sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal this 14th day of August, 1824.
Jacob x Manas (seal)
Witnesses present: Edwin Hamblen, H. M. Bussell, John Jones
Dated: Nov. 6, 1824
I, Joseph McMinn of the County of Hawkins in the State of Tennessee, now residing at the Cherokee Agency, being in the ordinary enjoyment of health of sound mind and disposing memory, but considering the uncertainty of life and the transitory nature of all human concerns, and being anxious from sufficient motives that my Estate should be disposed of agreeably to my views of justice and propriety do make, ordain and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills of a date preceding this. And whereas by an agreement made on the 9th day of October in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty between myself and my wife Nancy McMinn for and on account of certain conditions therein expressed, and executed in the presence of the Hon. John Williams of the County of Knox, she the said Nancy became possessed of six certain negroes, a carriage and pair of horses, parcel of my personal estate. Now that the said agreement so as aforesaid entered into my be fully and completely carried into effect according to the true intent and meaning thereof after my death, and that the said Nancy may enjoy, have and hold the said property. First, I give and bequeath to my wife Nancy McMinn the six negroes, carriage and horses aforesaid to her own proper use and will, to dispose of forever, which is to be in lieu and satisfaction of dower, and all claims whatsoever of that kind upon my Estate, and I do hereby expressly require and direct the Trustees named in the deed on conveyance bearing date October 9, 1821 and by which I conveyed in trust the said negroes, carriage and horses to the use of the said Nancy to make an absolute Deed of Conveyance or Bill of Sale to her for the said property or so much thereof as may be expressed in the said deed of date 9th October, 1821. Item. It is my will and desire that my Executors hereinafter named, as soon after my death as convenient, discharge all my debts and funeral expenses and in the next place proceed to sell all my Estate, real and personal. The real on a credit on one, two and three years, and the personal on a credit of one year, except all such parts or pieces of property as I may hereinafter otherwise dispose of. Item. I give and bequeath to my sister Jane Kinkead, daughter of David and Mary Kindead, a mulatto woman named Milly, she being the same that I obtained by my marriage with Rebecca Kinkead, sister to the said Jane Kinkead, which mulatto woman with all her present and future increase of children, Josiah excepted. I bequeath as aforesaid to the said Jane and the issue of her body lawfully begotten, but in the event of her death without such issue living, any one or more of her brothers and sisters then the said Milly and her childred as above bequeathed to the said Jane Kinkead shall descend to and become the property of such surviving brothers and sisters, share and share alike, as tenants in common and not as joint tenants. Item. I give and bequeath unto Rebecca McMinn Long daughter of John and Nancy Long of Kentucky the said Josiah above excepted. Item. It is my will and direction that the residue of my Estate be divided between the sons and daughters of my brothers and sisters respectively, share and share alike, except to my niece Betty Morrison to whom I have given such a portion of my New Canton tract as I consider will be fully equal to her and her husband Robert Morrison's interest in my whole Estate. Item. I will and direct that my Executors pay to the trustees of McMinn Academy in the County of Hawkins for the use of said academy the sum of $300.00. Item. I will and direct that my Executors where I do not make the donations myself, present to my friends hereafter named the following articles of property, to wit: To Sarah Gaines daughter of James Gaines, Esq. one set of silver teaspoons with the initials of her name thereon. To Hannah Cooper a like donation,. To Hannah Larkins a like donation. To Mary Williams, daughter of James G. Williams a like donation. To Willoughby Williams, son of s'd James G. Williams, one superfine fur hat. To Mrs. Mary Rogers, wife of ??, Rogersville, one black silk shawl. To Richard Mitchell my desk. To Joseph McMinn Looney a riding horse worth $100.00. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty friends, Col. John Willims of Knox County and Orville C. Bradley, Esq. of Hawkins County executors to this my last Will and Testament, and direct that they need not give security as required by Act of Assembly. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this Sixth day of November 1824.
Signed, sealed, published and declared in presence of us by the said Joseph McMinn to be his last Will & Testament James Cowan, James S Bridges, John L. McCarty, Jas. G. Williams, Wm. W. Cowan, Jas. Mitchell
Dated: Feb. 28, 1825
In the Name of God, Amen. I Elizabeth Moore of the County of Hawkins, State of Tenn., being in sound sense and memory do make this my last Will and Testament. Item. I give and devise unto my daughter Elizabeth Yoe a negro girl named Sharlotte. Item. I give and devise unto my daughter Sally Williams the tract of land whereon I now live, also a negro named Mourning. Item. I free my negro Sela. The balance of my Estate I give to be equally divided between Hugh Moore, Galaher Moore, Cleon Moore, Ewell Moore, John Moore's heirs Elizabeth Yoe and Sally Williams. And Lastly. I appoint my sons Hugh G. Moore and Cleon Moore to execute this my last Will and Testament.
Signed sealed and delivered this 28th day of February in the presence of:Daniel Taylor, James Taylor, William Taylor
Elizabeth x Moore (her mark)
Dated: January 22, 1828
In the Name of God, Amen. I John McBroom of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs & thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last Will & Testament in the manner and form following, that is to say: First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named, after my debts and funeral charges are paid &c. Item. I give and devise unto my eldest son James McBroom $5.00, together with what he has received more than a proportional share alike. Item. I give and devise unto my eldest daughter Polly $5.00 together with what she has received a full proportional share alike. Item. I give and devise unto my son Alexander McBroom's children-all that are lawfully begotten-all the tract of land that I now live on that lieth on the north side of the Carter Valley Road, to have and to hold each and severally to share alike in fee simple. Item. I give and devise unto my daughter Jane McBroom all the tract that I live on & claims that lieth on the East side of the Carter Valley road to have and hold in fee simple. Item. I devise & bequeath all the rest & remainder of my Estate, that is, the money proceeds of the sale of my property after my death to be equally divided between my son Alexander and daughter Jane McBroom in shares and shares alike, with the exception of one negro woman called and known by the name of Pegg, which I wish to free as follows: To all whom it may concern, be it known that I John McBroom of the County and State aforesaid for divers and good causes & considerations release from slavery, liberate, manumit from slavery my negro woman named Pegg and I do henseforth declare to be free and discharged from all manner of servitude forever after my death. And lastly, I do hereby constitute Absalom Looney & Jacob B. Groves to be sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will & Testament. In testimony whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal This 22nd day of January, 1828.
John x M. McBroom (seal)
Signed sealed published & declared by John McBroom the above named Testator as and for his last Will & testament, in the presence of us who at his request, in his presence & in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto: Attest: Aaron Williams Absalom Looney John Charles Jacob B. Groves Andrew Gouldy Executors
Dated: May 28, 1831
I, Christian Messer of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, being in sound mind and having a desire to dispose of my worldly affairs while I possess a full strength of mind, I constitute this my last Will and Testament. After committing my body to the dust and my soul to God, I do dispose of my worldly property as follows, to wit: In the first place, I allow my just debts to be paid. I will and bequeath to my wife Sally Messer her maintenance off the tract of land I now live on during her lifetime. I will and bequeath to my three sons Jacob, John and Isaac Messer the tract of land I now live on, to be equal divided among them, and I moreover allow my three sons Jacob, John and Isaac within twelve months after my decease to pay to each of my other children the sum of five dollars. I also allow my movable property and stock to be sold and equally divided amongst the hole of my children. And I do empower William Young, Stanwic Hord, and Samuel McFeeters, Jr. my executors of this my last Will & Testament. Given under my hand and seal this 28th day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one.
Christian x Messer (seal) (his mark)
Signed and sealed in the presence of: James Young, Jacob Derick, John Derick AB
Dated: August 31, 1832
In the Name of God, Amen. The 31st day of August in the year of our Lord, 1832 I Samuel Mooney of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being sick and weak in body but sound in mind and memory, and calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, Viz: My body to be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named, and my soul I give to God who created and gave it, and my Earthly Estate I give and bequeath as followeth: First. I allow all my just debts to be paid,. Second. I give my personal Estate that may remain after paying my just debts as follows: To my Sister Faney my bay horse and what may afterwards remain to be equally divided between my other three sister, Sally, Martha & Nancy. And my land I give to my mother during her natural life, and at the death to be equally divided between all my brothers and sisters. Lastly. I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend Charles Mooney my Executor to this my last Will & Testament, In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal The day and year first above written.
Samuel x Mooney (seal) (his mark)
Signed sealed and published and declared in presence of Merda Welliford, Andrew Galbraith, Sr., Wilson Brooks
Dated: Mar 20, 1834
May Term, 1834
I Henry McCollough, Sr. Of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn., being of sound mind and memory doth make this my last Will & Testament in the following manner. First. I give and bequeath to my son Alexander McCollough the plantation where I now live together with all my horses and hogs and farming utensils of every description whatsoever and my still and vessels belonging thereto, one bed and furniture called his and one called mine with its furniture. 2nd. I give to my daughter Nancy McCollough all my household furniture of every description, together will all my cattel only my pot metal, and that to be divided equally between Alexander and Nancy. Alexander is to (buy) my son Henry McCollough a horse beast to be worth $60.00 when s'd Henry is 21 years of age-the horse to (be) valed equal to good trade. Alexander and Nancy to pay all my just debts equally between them out of their respective shares. I have lately given to my son William a mare and I was to have the colt that I allow to Nancy. Lastly. I do constitute and appoint my brother Joseph McCollough my Executor and to enter on the administration without giving security. In testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal This 20th day of March 1834.
Henry x McCullough (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed in the presence of: Jonathan Huffmaster, Peter x Beale(his mark), Jonathan Morlan
Dated: Jan'y 31, 1837
I Solomon Mitchell of the State of Tennessee and Hawkins County, being of sound and disposing memory, do make and ordain this my land Will & Testament, revoking all other wills heretofore by me made. In the first place, I give and bequeath unto my wife Nancy Mitchell all my Estate if she should survive me, that is, all my personal and real property or estate of every kind whatever, of every debt due or owing that I may die seized and possessed of, to have and to enjoy her lifetime. Secondly. I desire that at both our deaths that my two slaves Betty and James may receive their freedom, and I do hereby at (my) death and my wife Nancy Mitchell's death give them their freedom. That is, I desire that my Executors may get a special Act of Assembly passed if it can be done for them to receive their freedom according to the tenor of this my last Will and Testament. If they do not receive their freedom as above stated, I give and bequeath the above named slaves to John Mitchell my son forever, that is, in the following manner. I give the service of said two slaves to him one day in each week forever, and the other five days of each week during their lifetime I give to said two slaves. During their services to him, I desire he shall not depart with said two slaves or trade his right of them away. Thirdly. At my death and my wife's death I give and bequeath unto my eleven children, that is to say: Rebeckah, Lewis, Jesse, Greenberry, Nancy Robert, Morris, Elizabeth, Polly, Susannah, Richard Fifty Cents each. Fourthly. I give and bequeath to my son John Mitchell all my property which I have not before disposed of of every kind whatever that I may die seized and possessed (of) forever. I constitute and appoint John Mitchell my Executor. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 31st day of January, 1837
Solomon x Mitchell (seal) (his mark)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us: William Gideons, Marshall M. Webb, W. W. Walker
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